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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Nate, rebus & Darrell,

I get what you guys are saying...heres how it is setup in my apt.

- The router (Linksys WRT54GX2) is connected to the T1 wall socket in my room and has 2 laptop wired connections + 1 Vonage connection now.
- The 64 bit encryption is for the network as a whole to prevent unauthorized sharing by other people in the building and is set for the wireless between the router and my roomate's laptop (since he is in another room and cannot be wired to the router). I agree that the encryption should not have any effect as I am wired to the Linksys router, so is the Vonage router too...
- Nate/Darrell, as suggested, I linked the Vonage router to the T1 socket, then my laptop to the Vonage router, but the lights were flashing; i then reset the router and it connected; but it does not go to any webpage..i re-entered the IP for the T1 connection manually in my laptop as it normally goes thru the Linksys router and uses its IP.
- I picked up the phone then and heard a message saying ' Your Vonage router is not connected to the network'...and this message was clear without pauses/breaks....

Please advise....
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Take a look at the admin page for the Linksys router. Look at the configuration of the WAN side of that router. Since it's working with your T1 now, that's how the WAN side of the Vonage box will have to be set up for it to work as the primary router.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Which part of the WAN should I look at, as the entire router is for WAN...
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

If I may drift off-topic, get a little anal retentive for a minute with an unhelpful post..... PLEASE STOP calling it a T1. I know to the average Joe it doesn't matter, but to those of us who are network engineers by trade, it's like fingernails on a chalkboard.

You do not have a T1. If you did, you would not be using a Linksys router plugged into an RJ45 jack coming out of your wall. You would be plugging into a CSU/DSU, or running a commercial router (eg. Cisco) with one built in. You are, in all likelihood, connecting to metro or campus ethernet. If you're getting 9 Mbps upstream, then it sounds to me like you're on a school campus. Be honest.

As Steve48 said, look at the WAN config of the old router and make the WAN config in the Vonage adapter look just like it.

To be honest... and I'm not trying to be rude... if this is something you are unable to figure out, then Voip is probably not the technology for you.

And if I happen to be feeding a laughing troll, then shame on me.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2007 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Steve, lol....I live in an apartment building in a residential area....It is a T1 line, though it is much faster than that....that is how every house is setup through the wall socket....

I just want this to work; i havent tried to make the Vonage router as the primary router yet.....if it works, fine...if not, then as you say...VoIP is not for me....i'll return it and switch to Skype as it is cheaper and user-friendly....
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ardent_guy wrote:
Steve, lol....I live in an apartment building in a residential area....It is a T1 line, though it is much faster than that....that is how every house is setup through the wall socket....

I just want this to work; i havent tried to make the Vonage router as the primary router yet.....if it works, fine...if not, then as you say...VoIP is not for me....i'll return it and switch to Skype as it is cheaper and user-friendly....


Uh, you mean as Rebus said. I'm the average Joe. I wouldn't know T1 from Q5. But getting back, your router has the WAN side that hooks to your service properly configured to connect to the service. It has a LAN side that's configured in conjunction with your computer so that they'll be compatible (probably DHCP there). To get the Vonage box to work as the primary router, you need to make its WAN side look the same way that the other router does now, so that it can talk to the service.

I know it can be frustrating, but once you get it it will look easy. Keep plugging.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

ardent_guy wrote:
Steve, lol....I live in an apartment building in a residential area....It is a T1 line, though it is much faster than that....that is how every house is setup through the wall socket....

I just want this to work; i havent tried to make the Vonage router as the primary router yet.....if it works, fine...if not, then as you say...VoIP is not for me....i'll return it and switch to Skype as it is cheaper and user-friendly....


If it is much faster than a T1, than it IS NOT A T1! How is this hard to understand? If you are getting 9Mbps your apartment either has a fractional T3 or some other type non-T1 fiber connection. You are going faster than 1.5mbps it would be physically impossible for a T1 circuit to handle that, even a T2 cannot handle that speed(maxes out at 5Mbps I believe).

As for connecting the Vonage router as your primary router, I think you said something very important in one of your previous posts that has been overlooked. You said you needed to specify a static IP address on your computer to connect it directly to the walljack. Well, if you are connecting the Vonage router to the walljack you need to assign the same static IP to it. It will then do DHCP and assign a private IP address to any device behind it that requests one.

I don't see you ever saying what Vonage router you have so I can't give you specific instructions on setting a static IP address. But generally, you just connect to 192.168.15.1 from a computer on the LAN side of the device. Log in with router/router and find a section that says WAN. Change the type from DHCP to Static and type in the IP address, subbnet, gateway and DNS servers. Once this is applied you should be up and running. If you are plugging your Linksys into the back of the Vonage router, make sure you remove the static IP address you currently have in it and change it to DHCP.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 5:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

And don't forget that when the config changes FROM:

[wall] -> Router -> Vonage Adapter

TO:

[wall] -> Vonage Adapter -> Router -> PCS

Then you need to change the WAN config in the Linksys router to DHCP. If you don't it will talk to the Vonage adapter using the apartment's static IP address, which in all likelihood is not going to work (unless by total coincidence the static IP is in the same subnet as the LAN side of the Vonage router-- in which case you may or may not have routing problems anyway with 2 interfaces on either side of NAT addressed in the same subnet. Some routers will surprisingly work, some will not. I've seen it work both ways.)
 
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2007 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

rebus, xcrunxc, steve48, Nate, Darrell, tglea,

I'd like to say that the issue is resolved as I made the Vonage router as primary and the linksys secondary...thanks to all your suggestions, i was able to resolve this and can hear clearly.

THANKS ONCE AGAIN..!!!
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